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Report: Draft will “likely” leave New York for 2015

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The NFL’s owners aren’t expected to make a decision about the timing and location of the 2015 draft when they convene on Tuesday in Atlanta.  When a decision eventually is made, the end result could be that the draft will happen in a place other than New York.

Peter King of, citing a “solid source” (not to be confused with our usual flimsy ones), reports that it’s “likely” the draft will be held in a new city next year.  King guesses that Chicago will be the destination.

The good news is that the league doesn’t want to hold the draft on Mother’s Day weekend again.  King believes it will unfold on April 30 through May 2.

The league, as King explains it, isn’t happy with Radio City Music Hall, which forced the draft to move two weeks later in 2014 due to a scheduling conflict that went away due to poor ticket sales.  Still, it seems that other considerations have taken over the process.  The league finally has decided to act on the reality that the draft is a commodity that can be marketed to the highest bidder, in the same way the Super Bowl is.  More competition means more money.

More money also may come from changes (eventually) to the way the draft is televised.  At some point, the league surely will move the first round from ESPN to a broadcast network, making the audience even larger and inevitably creating even more money.

Bigger.  Better.  More profitable.  That’s been the story for the NFL since the merger, and the NFL seems to be intent to apply that mindset fully and completely to the draft.

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33 Responses to “Report: Draft will “likely” leave New York for 2015”
  1. jjb0811 says: May 19, 2014 8:39 AM

    Funny how the league demands that some team move to LA, yet its not in the discussion for hosting the draft!

  2. dublindemonszfl says: May 19, 2014 8:51 AM

    How about Green Bay, then every single draft pick would tell his agent. No Way, No Way we go to green bay.

  3. htowntexansred says: May 19, 2014 8:54 AM

    The NFL Draft would be a great event here in Houston. Houston has probably the most sporting venues than any other city in a 5-10 miles radius.

    If Houston be awarded the draft. Harris County could renovate astrodome into multi-propose facility, so visitors can eat and shop under one roof while supporting and cheering for their team when they make an selection. But do to NFL leaving NYC in 2015, the astrodome wouldn’t be complete. Instead, NFL could have the draft at the theater district, or Geroge R Brown Convention Center while astrodome is completed.

    Furthermore, Houston is booming! New restaurants, venues, extended rail, housing, hotels w/convention centers, retail, upgrade and renovation going on now with galleria and uptown. Houston is the place to be!

  4. jagsfan2012 says: May 19, 2014 8:57 AM

    Chicago is a good destination. I would like to see the draft go to cities that can’t get the Superbowl, either because they’re in cold weather cities or the market is too small.

  5. censoredagain says: May 19, 2014 8:57 AM

    I personally dont care where the draft is held, but every day, it looks more and more to be about nothing but the money, and less about the game and its fans.

  6. theghostofberniekosar says: May 19, 2014 9:02 AM

    It should either be in Canton, Ohio, or Vegas.

  7. sdelmonte says: May 19, 2014 9:05 AM

    It works for the NBA. As long as my team drafts the right players, who cares where it is?

    Btu complaining about Radio City when there a lot of venues in NYC is silly.

  8. luz56 says: May 19, 2014 9:17 AM

    Vegas would be a great place.. Future bets and all….

  9. 6ball says: May 19, 2014 9:23 AM

    Have it at Michael Sams house. Can’t wait for Oprah’s mock draft.


  10. davebarnes21 says: May 19, 2014 9:30 AM

    its ONLY because Goodell is getting tired of being BOOed!

    all about Roger!

  11. weepingjebus says: May 19, 2014 9:36 AM

    It’s been 15 minutes and nobody has posted how great the Vikings are and always will be. What has happened to you guys? Where am I?

  12. buffalohogan says: May 19, 2014 10:17 AM


  13. clssylssy says: May 19, 2014 10:20 AM

    Why not have it in Canton, Ohio if it’s really about football? Canton is symbolic with NFL career greatness and it would be cool for a player to start and end his career in Canton. Of course, since this is all about marketing and how to get the most bang for the fan buck, Roger will no doubt figure out a way to pimp the draft out to the highest bidder. If fans continue to allow themselves to be fleeced by the Owners they have nothing to cry about when ticket prices continue to go up and the game is watered down to being unrecognizable. Let’s bring some class and tradition back to the game!

  14. rc33 says: May 19, 2014 10:33 AM

    Chicago? Meh…
    Put it in Oakland. That could be hilarious.

  15. heavenzg says: May 19, 2014 10:37 AM

    I thought has always been to have the draft in whatever city finished with the wrist record and gets the first pick. That would make it more interesting and would generate a lot of laughs and fun around the closing of the season to see what city everyone involved with the NFL will be in the following year.

    Even if the team who gets the 1st pick trades it, the fans of the city in attendance will still have a reason to see who they could of drafted and who they’ll get after trading their 1st pick.

  16. navigator24 says: May 19, 2014 10:39 AM

    As long as it’s held earlier, like April 18th, I’m good. This mock draft nonsense has to be cut down a bit.

  17. phinfanatic84 says: May 19, 2014 10:44 AM

    Hold it in Miami and see how many prospects that are there for the green room get in trouble on South Beach the night before!

  18. rextraordinaire says: May 19, 2014 10:49 AM

    For those suggesting Green Bay or Canton, I’m not so sure either of those places have a venue large enough to host the draft. Chicago remains the front runner. The best venue there would be McCormick Place, which is more of a convention center than a music hall, so the Draft would definitely have a different atmosphere there.

  19. steelgrave says: May 19, 2014 11:14 AM

    If for no other reason, I hope to see the draft moved simply because of the obnoxious New York City boo-birds. Keep it classy, guys.

  20. pftfan says: May 19, 2014 11:18 AM

    The NFL Draft should be an outdoor event. We need to see how these draft picks can hold up their jerseys in real playing conditions.

  21. realmenwearstripes says: May 19, 2014 12:22 PM

    How about letting the Super Bowl-winning city host the draft?

  22. dalcow4 says: May 19, 2014 12:27 PM

    Whatever will rid us of seeing Jets fans, I’m all for.

  23. dragonflypack says: May 19, 2014 12:35 PM

    I think the real reason they want out of NYC is the booing of Goodell. I don’t blame him for want to leave. A bunch of idiots boo you every year. I’d leave too

  24. bigjoe2269 says: May 19, 2014 12:52 PM

    all about money and all about roger – who really cares where it is?

  25. sportsnut101 says: May 19, 2014 1:00 PM

    Jerrys playhouse. Since they have nothing else going on there

  26. ruggerlad says: May 19, 2014 1:59 PM

    Keep the SB in warm weather cities and the draft in cold weather cities that are not NY.
    Get rid of the tackling restrictions and enforce grass pitches with weekly drug testing if ya want less injuries.

  27. eduardo1017 says: May 19, 2014 4:18 PM

    Miami cant go wrong under the sun at the beach or in hawaii . Ideas

  28. jyb99 says: May 19, 2014 6:48 PM

    The draft used to be much more fun in NY when the Jest were making picks like Jeff Lageman, Kyle Brady, Lam Jones and complete other busts.

    Now that they’ve improved their drafting, there’s no reason to keep the draft in NYC any longer.

  29. kroatica says: May 19, 2014 7:38 PM

    I blame Radio City Music Hall… they disrespected the NFL draft for whatever show didn’t sell enough tickets to even open. That’s three days of business lost due to a poor decision. I would fire whoever made that decision…. no offense to the small city-type places… but the NFL is going to want to be as big as possible and at a desirable location. If Oakland was chosen to host the NFL draft, they would still have it in San Fran, it’s just over the bridge.

  30. jrcoop says: May 20, 2014 1:23 AM

    Hold it in the city with the number one pick. It just might end up back in NY sooner than later.

  31. zeke2517 says: May 20, 2014 4:13 AM

    So morons will pay money to scream about minor league football players every few minutes in some other city. Neat.

    “I blame Radio City Music Hall… they disrespected the NFL draft for whatever show didn’t sell enough tickets to even open. That’s three days of business lost due to a poor decision.”

    Don’t think Radio City didn’t get their rental fee, friend. If you want to host a phallus festival at a particular venue on a particular date you need to book it before someone else does. This is not a new idea.

  32. ngarren13 says: May 20, 2014 10:47 AM

    Canton would be a good idea. If they can handle the Hall of Fame ceremonies they could possibly handle the 3 days of the draft. Just as long as it doesn’t move to Dallas to stroke Jerrah’s ego..

  33. rogcar2 says: May 22, 2014 11:30 AM

    I am going to echo what others have said and say that Canton, Ohio would be a great location to have the NFL Draft. I like the idea of having players potentially bookend their NFL career in the birthplace of the NFL. They do have a facility in the Canton Civic Center which seats around 5K, which is not much less than Radio City Music Hall. There are plenty of restaurants and attractions in the area to hold people’s interests. Quietly, the NFL has had their “rookie symposium” in the area the last couple years; this is something that could be combined with the draft. This is something that the NFL should strongly consider.

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